Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Barking Signals (Badly) During Goldwater - Hut, Hut... Now What?

Barking Signals (Badly) During Goldwater - Hut, Hut... Now What?
Artist: Garret Mathews
Publisher: Plugger Publishing (2012) 
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1105859045
ISBN-13: 978-1105859045

Book Description:
 “Barking Signals (badly) During Goldwater” is the underdog story of a 14-year-old boy who is equal parts puny and shy in a little town deep in Virginia’s mountains. It’s decided that only one thing can bring A.C. Jackson out of the limits he’s put on himself: Playing second-string quarterback on the school’s junior varsity team. Set in 1965, it’s a G-rated tale of an unlikely player’s first season at Abingdon High, both on and off the field. It’s a football book that fathers – and grandfathers – can read along with teenagers of the household.

Idgie Says:
I love the back of the book description:  "There's no national anthem on Monday nights when the Jayvees play.  No concession stand.  No cheerleaders.  At half-time, third-graders play at midfield with a ball they made out of a milk carton.  Sometimes this is better than the game."

This gives you a good idea of the story.  A gentle coming of age story of a boy whose unsure of himself  - as many 14 year olds are - and slowly finds his own way, and confidence, in life.

The writing is short and to the point.  No rambling descriptive sentences.  This is not a bad thing, just a different style of writing. You don't follow a trail to the story, you jump right in. 

A nice story that could be a good read for a younger boy whose not quite sure of himself and hasn't yet found his place at school and life.